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Virtual Legality Episode 145

Why the Publisher of Rune II Just Sued A Defunct Studio (and why Bethesda could Be next)

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While it was odd when developer Human Head "went under" only a day after releasing Rune II on the Epic Games Store, the story got even odder when Bethesda announced that it was hiring all of Human Head to form a new studio, Roundhouse Studios.

With Roundhouse being comprises of exactly the same employees, officers, and management working at the exact same location, it was no surprise when Human Head's former publishing partner on Rune II, Ragnarok Game, got a bit upset at the lack of support the game was now set to receive.

Of course, getting a bit upset, is probably understatement for describing a lawsuit.

Let's dive in, discuss the differences between asset purchases and equity purchases, explain successor liability, and also consider what, if anything, Bethesda has to fear from such action.

We're no mere continuation...in Virtual Legality.

#Lawsuit #RuneII #Bethesda


Discussed in this episode:

"Rune II publisher sues Human Head Studios over 'withheld assets'"
GameDailyBiz - December 5, 2019 - Johnny Cullen
https://gamedaily.biz/article/1446/rune-ii-publisher-sues-human-head-studios-over-withheld-assets

"Rune 2 developer Human Head being sued by publisher for abandoning game"
Eurogamer - December 5, 2019 - Matt Wales
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-12-04-rune-2-developer-human-head-being-sued-by-publisher-for-abandoning-game

"12/4/2019 – Complaint Filed for RUNE II Assets"
Blog Post - Ragnarok Game
https://www.rune2.com/topic/complaint-filed-for-rune-ii-assets/

Ragnarok Game, LLC v Nine Realms, Inc. et al
Legal Complaint
http://www.bgrfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Ragnarok_Game_v_Nine_Realms_Complaint.pdf

Sample Asset Purchase Agreement
Social Reality and Halyard MD Opco
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1538217/000155335018000875/srax_ex10z01.htm

"California Successor Liability"
Gehres Law Group Blog Post
https://gehreslaw.com/business-lawyer-san-diego/


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

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